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Pa. police chief defends TASER use


By Daniel Malloy
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper defended the officers who stunned an Observatory Hill man four times with Tasers on Friday, saying yesterday that their actions were appropriate.

Jason Schmidt, 29, remained in Allegheny General Hospital yesterday but was being eased out of his medically induced coma. His father, Bill Schmidt said last night that his son reacted to his presence by sitting up, staring ahead though he still has not spoken.

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